Showing posts with label orange. Show all posts
Showing posts with label orange. Show all posts

24 September 2013

Girly Bits Fall Season Premiere Collection: Part One, Bones

Hi everyone! Before I get into some awesome polishes, I have a piece of good news. Some of you may have already heard, but I found out today that I won the third and final piCture pOlish Blog Fest Award! You may remember that back at the end of July I participated in the piCture pOlish Blog Fest, and my design was selected by other bloggers who participated. So I just wanted to thank everyone for their support and thanks to the bloggers who voted for me! I'll be working with piCture pOlish in the new year to design a collaboration shade! Isn't that amazing?! I hope I can come up with something awesome. :D

Girly Bits Fall Season Premiere Collection: Bones

But I want to get back to these new Girly Bits polishes, because they are truly worth it. Last week I received the new Fall Season Premiere collection to swatch and review, and oh my, this is truly one of my favourite Girly Bits collections so far...and there's been some great ones in the past. The collection is inspired by three TV shows - Bones, Saturday Night Live, and Family Guy - and coincides with the season premieres for each.

I've decided to split the polishes into three posts - posting the polishes for each show separately. So we'll be starting with my favourite show of the bunch, in fact one of my favourite shows, period.

Dancing Phalanges is a raspberry jelly with a stunning pink glass fleck shimmer. I was pleasantly surprised when I wore this because it's slightly lighter and more vibrant on the nail than in the bottle. I used three coats, and it went on very smooth and effortlessly.


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Girly Bits Dancing Phalanges

Girly Bits Dancing Phalanges

Girly Bits Dancing Phalanges

Gravedigger is the perfect Halloween polish without being your typical black and orange scheme. It's a blackened plum jelly with orange, purple, green and fuschia glitter in hexes, squares and circles. It also has sheer iridescent glitter that you only see when the light hits it. The formula was excellent and it went on very smooth and evenly. This was 3 coats. And the best part? You can enjoy this polish without fears of being buried alive! :D



Girly Bits Gravedigger

Girly Bits Gravedigger

King of the Lab instantly reminded me of the fun/foolish/outrageous antics of Jack Hodgins. It's an orange jelly with a glass fleck shimmer. There is a bit of visible nail line but otherwise there's no application issues - it went on perfectly like the others. This was 3 coats.



Girly Bits King of the Lab

Girly Bits King of the Lab

Girly Bits King of the Lab

What do you think of these? Any Bones fans out there?!

Girly Bits polishes are available from their website, there you'll also find a list of distributors for other places to buy Girly Bits. Follow Girly Bits Cosmetics on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates and new releases.

*Products in this post provided for review, all opinions are my own. See my disclosure policy for more detail.*

20 September 2013

Pretty & Polished Halloween Collection, Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! I have the new Pretty & Polished Halloween collection for you today! Pretty & Polished is an indie brand that's been around for quite some time, and I've bought them in the past and always been happy with their formula. They have a great selection of glitters, thermals, and crellies with glitter, and in the past year they've introduced bath and body products such as cuticle oils and balms, bath scrubs and bath bombs. Right now everything is on sale so make sure to check out their store.

I was pleasantly surprised with all three polishes. Sometimes indie polishes with glitter can be lumpy and difficult to apply. But I found the formula on these to be excellent, and they had just the right amount of glitter in them - making them easy to apply and quite smooth on the nail.

Pretty & Polished Halloween Collection

One note about the labels - mine came without labels on them, but I'm sure that wouldn't be the case if you ordered them. In the past I've found that if I have a customer service question for Pretty & Polished, Chels, the maker was pretty fast to respond to my questions.

Are You Afraid of the Dark? is a black jelly-based polish with different sizes of teal hexes; red, fuchsia, and wine coloured circles; and teeny red squares. This is supposed to be opaque in 2-3 coats, but I found the base to be a bit sheer so I layered two coats over a black creme. I like how it turned out and I think it makes the glitter stand out.

Pretty & Polished Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Pretty & Polished Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Death By Candy Corn is an yellow-to-red thermal polish. At normal room temperature it will be orangish-yellow, and it turns red when it gets cold. The glitter is fun with a mixture of yellow hexes, white rectangles, small orange squares, and red-orange hexes. The application was great and the glitters are perfectly suspended. I used three coats here.

Pretty & Polished Death By Candy Corn

Pretty & Polished Death By Candy Corn

In order to change the colour, I ended up sticking my hands in ice cold water. I love how dramatic the change is, however, I did find that it went back to it's original colour pretty fast after I took my hands out of the water (hence having water on my hands in these photos). I think this polish would be more fun to wear in the colder weather when there is more of a temperature change.

Pretty & Polished Death By Candy Corn

Pretty & Polished Death By Candy Corn

Glowstick is a neon grass green jelly with small and medium orange-red hexes plus tiny, small and medium kelly green hexes. The application was great - the polish goes on very smooth and the glitter is perfectly suspended in the polish. I used three coats here and there's still some visible nail line, so wear a base polish if you don't care for that.

Pretty & Polished Glowstick

Pretty & Polished Glowstick

The polish glows green in the dark, and I love the mottled effect with the glitter. For these photos I charged the polish for a bit under my daylight lamp (not for long - just 30 seconds or so). I love that you get a pretty strong GITD effect.

Pretty & Polished Glowstick

If you like Halloween polishes, you should definitely check these out. And for a very limited time they are on sale! I'm not normally a Halloween person, but these do kinda get me in the mood. :)

Pretty & Polished is available from their online store and Etsy shop. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter for updates and new releases.

*Products provided to me for review, all opinions are my own. See my disclosure policy for more details.*

29 July 2013

Contrary Polish Color Context Collection, Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! When it comes to indie polishes, I have a special place in my heart for Contrary Polish. I love that Carrie, the maker, focuses on cremes with gorgeous shimmers. While many other indie creators are making glitter bombs, holos, thermals, and neons, Contrary Polish has focused on a type of polish that is often overlooked - that's changing of course, but you get the picture I hope.

When I saw this current collection, I made sure to get it as soon as it became available. It's not too often that I do that! I was really attracted to the vibrant and rich colours, and swatching them only confirmed how awesome they are. I hope you enjoy these as much as I do!

Contrary Polish Color Context Collection

About the collection: The Color Context collection is a trio of polishes that are cremes with vibrant shimmers. They play off the idea of simple colour theory: red + yellow = orange, blue + red = purple, and blue + yellow = green. It's possible to place two colours next to each other so that they are optically mixed by the eye. That was the whole idea behind the art movement Pointillism and the work of artists like Seurat. So basically, the shimmer "optically mixes" with the base colour to change the overall colour of the polish. I'm not sure if I needed to explain all that but I've read other reviews that say this idea is "complicated", but it's not really. Just read on...

Contrary Polish Color Context Collection

Blood Orange has a vibrant red base - a red that leans towards magenta - as well as a gold-orange shimmer. The overall look of the polish is a vivid burnt orange. The shimmer in this one is gorgeous, it has that "lit from within" look when the light catches it. Also, the shimmer really does change the overall look of the polish - it's quite neat actually.

Contrary Polish Blood Orange

Contrary Polish Blood Orange

Contrary Polish Blood Orange (direct light)

Greenhouse is hands down my favourite of the collection. It has a teal blue base with a gold shimmer - the overall look of the polish is a beautiful green, almost an emerald green. It's stunning because you can see the blue base peaking out, especially around the edges. Like Blood Orange it has that "lit from within" look and it just glows when the light hits it - swoon! :)

Contrary Polish Greenhouse

Contrary Polish Greenhouse

Contrary Polish Greenhouse (direct light)

This polish is so gorgeous it deserves and extra picture... :)

Contrary Polish Greenhouse (direct light)

Indigo Rose is a dark blue indigo base with a pink/purple shimmer. Overall, it has a bit of a purple look to it, however, the colour change on this one is not as noticeable as the others. It's still a gorgeous colour and gorgeous shimmer, I just think the shimmer is more vibrant with the other two.

Contrary Polish Indigo Rose

Contrary Polish Indigo Rose

Contrary Polish Indigo Rose (direct light)

About the formula: The formula is the exact same on all three. I used two coats plus top coat for all swatches. I found the formula on these to be a tad thick, but still manageable. I did a thin first coat, and a thicker second coat and that seemed to work out well. But overall they level well and I didn't have any issues with streaking or patches.

What do you think of this collection? Have you tried Contrary Polish?

I bought these from Llarowe, but check the Contrary Polish blog for links to other retailers.

23 July 2013

Rainbow Honey Summer of 199X, Swatches and Review, Part Two

Hi everyone! I have the second half of the Rainbow Honey Summer of 199X collection. Don't forget to check out Part One for the first half and background information on the collection as a whole.




About these polishes: This half of the collection consists of five gorgeous jellies packed with shimmer and glitter of various kinds. The colours are beautiful and the polishes have a luminosity that is very eye catching. The only downside of these five polishes is that they tend to be thick and a bit challenging in terms of application. There are exceptions, which I've noted below. However, that doesn't mean the challenges outweigh the benefits, and I think they are still worthwhile. Adding a few drops of thinner, sticking to thinner coats, layering them over a base colour, and waiting a few minutes between coats are all recommendations for these polishes.

Fire Spring is an orange jelly packed with orange, iridescent and gold holographic glitter, and gold shimmer. This one tends to be on the thick side, but I really love how the glitter complements the base colour. I used two coats, plus a coat of Gelous, and top coat. I find with these jellies that adding a coat of Gelous before the top coat helps to smooth them out.

Rainbow Honey Fire Spring

Rainbow Honey Fire Spring

Rainbow Honey Fire Spring

Lumine Hall is a dark blue leaning towards purple jelly with matching glitter as well as iridescent square glitter. This one was a bit better in terms of formula but I did have to add a few drops of thinner. I used two coats plus Gelous and top coat.

Rainbow Honey Lumine Hall

Rainbow Honey Lumine Hall

Rainbow Honey Lumine Hall

Pink Cloud is a bright pink jelly packed with pink and iridescent glitter, small red hexes, and medium silver holographic squares and hexes. This was on the sheer side and even with three coats I still had some visible nail line, so I'd recommend layering this one. This was one of the thicker ones and required thinner and lots of shaking.

Rainbow Honey Pink Cloud

Rainbow Honey Pink Cloud

Rainbow Honey Pink Cloud

The Kraken is a gorgeous teal jelly with teal, blue and holographic gold glitter. Out of the five this one has the best formula, it goes on very smooth and doesn't get thick or gloopy. I used two coats here along with Gelous and top coat. And while it looks like there's some visible nail line, it is not noticeable in person.

Rainbow Honey The Kraken

Rainbow Honey The Kraken

Rainbow Honey The Kraken

Tiny Ruby is vivid red jelly with lots of shimmer, and red and holographic gold glitter. I love the colour on this one, it definitely has that ruby slippers look. This one was also thick and requires thinner and thin coats. I used two coats here, along with a coat of Gelous and top coat.

Rainbow Honey Tiny Ruby

Rainbow Honey Tiny Ruby

Rainbow Honey Tiny Ruby

Overall, I really love the colours in this collection. The formula on most of these can be a bit challenging, however, it's still workable, and worth the effort. My favourite above all is The Kraken, followed closely by Lumine Hall. I love the teal colours in The Kraken and the better formula means the final mani looks nicer. For layering options, you must check out Nailderella's review of three of these polishes - she layered them over black and the effect is totally gorgeous.

I bought these polishes from Rainbow Honey's website, which only ships to the US and Canada. But a list of retailers is available on their website.

What do you think of these? Are you planning to get anything from this collection?

17 July 2013

31 Day Challenge: Day Two, Orange: Ornate Baroque

Hi everyone! Orange is not a colour I normally wear - at least not willingly. So when brainstorming ideas my mind was like a cavernous black hole, an empty abyss with one lone tumbleweed being carried by a soft wind. You get the point, don't you?



About this design: Since orange only brought to mind oranges and carrots, neither of which I wanted to paint, I decided instead to go for some Baroque design. One of the characteristics of Baroque design is foliage motifs and patterns, often very curvilinear and always decorative. I love this aspect of Baroque design, especially for nail art, and it's something that I want to practice more. The gold adds a decorative element, and the blue provides contrast and ornateness.

31 Day Challenge: Orange and blue Baroque-style nail art

To get this look: I started with two coats of Sally Hansen Fiery Island from their Salon Manicure line. Then I added one coat of Rainbow Honey Fire Spring for some shimmer. I sealed that with a coat of KBShimmer Clearly On Top. Then I did the details in Essie Aruba Blue and very thin lines of Orly Luxe. Everything was sealed with another coat of Clearly On Top.

31 Day Challenge: Orange and blue Baroque-style nail art

Tip for doing detailed lines: When doing lines like this don't try to get it right with the first stroke. For the blue lines, I went over them three times on each nail. I started by doing a very light line, just to sketch out how I wanted my lines to look. Then working with very thinned down polish, I went over the lines again trying to get them to an almost finished state. After that, I went over them a third time with slightly thicker polish for the final look. In a few places I touched up the lines with a tad bit of orange to cover up mistakes.

31 Day Challenge: Orange and blue Baroque-style nail art

This is the second time I've done some Baroque-style detailing, and I'm feeling a bit more comfortable with this type of freehand painting. However, I do want to practice more, so don't be surprised if you see this type of design again soon!

31 Day Challenge: Orange and blue Baroque-style nail art

I do find the design on my index and middle finger to be rather awkward, I don't know why. If I didn't have to do pesky things like sleep or eat, I probably would have redone these two nails. Otherwise I feel very happy with this design.

What do you think of this? How would you have approached Day Two of the 31 Day Challenge?
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